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Poster: k-otic Date: Aug 29, 2010 6:47am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Are any of these in the public domain ??

Sing, Sinner, Sing (1933)
Perils of the Jungle (1953)
Five Bloody Graves (1970)
Horror of the Blood Monsters (1970)
Girls for Rent AKA I Spit on Your Corpse! (1974)
Brides of Blood (1968)
Brain of Blood (1972)
Two Nights with Cleopatra (1953)
La risaia AKA RICE GIRL(1956)
The Tiger's Claw (1951)
Torpedo Zone AKA Submarine Attack (1954)
The Raiders of Leyte Gulf (1963)
Fatal Desire (1953)
Smiling Maniacs (1975)
The Dead One AKA Blood of the Zombie (1961)
Blood of Ghastly Horror (1972)
Angels' Wild Women (1972)
Team-Mates (1978)
The Ravagers (1965)
Terror of Frankenstein (1977)
The Fighting Rats of Tobruk (1944)
The Scavengers (1959)
The Swap and How They Make It (1966)
Man-Eater (1957)
The Treasure of the Amazon (1985)
The Wizard of Gore (1970)
Vem var Dracula? AKA In Search of Dracula (1975)
Intramuros AKA The Walls of Hell (1964)
Queen of Sheba AKA Solomon and Sheba (1959)
Mean Mother (1974)

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Poster: billbarstad Date: Aug 29, 2010 4:30pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Are any of these in the public domain ??

Some of these are foreign, so I'm unsure of copyright, except for the one made in the UK, and those that were GATT restored. Any US movie made after 1963 didn't need to be registered, but needed a proper notice in the film. I'd check 'em. I couldn't check the two movies made before 1950.

Perils of the Jungle (1953) looks PD, if it isn't from the 2009 release, which has new matter added, and has been registered. I couldn't find a renewal registration for the original.

Motion Picture
Registration Number / Date: PA0001683873 / 2009-07-31
Application Title: Perils Of The Jungle {ALP 5842}.
Title: Perils Of The Jungle.
Description: Videodisc (DVD)
Copyright Claimant: Gotham Distributing Corp. d/b/a Alpha Video Distributors. Address: PO Box 101, Narberth, PA 19072.
Date of Creation: 2009
Date of Publication: 2009-06-30
Nation of First Publication: United States
Authorship on Application: Gotham Distributing Corp. d/b/a Alpha Video Distributors, employer for hire; Domicile: United States.
Pre-existing Material: Motion Picture Preexisting; Perils Of The Jungle - Directed By George Blair.
Basis of Claim: New Matter: New Sound Effects.
Copyright Note: C.O. correspondence.

Names: Gotham Distributing Corp.
Alpha Video Distributors

Five Bloody Graves (1970) is copyrighted.

Horror of the Blood Monsters (1970) is copyrighted.

Girls for Rent (1974) is copyrighted.

Brides of Blood (1968) had its copyright renewed.

Type of Work: Motion Picture
Registration Number / Date: RE0000753547 / 1996-12-22
Renewal registration for: PA0000836918 / 1968-01-22
Title: Brides of blood; theatrical motion picture.
Copyright Claimant: Hemisphere Pictures, Inc. (PWH)
Copyright Note: C.O. correspondence.

Variant title: Brides of blood
Names: Hemisphere Pictures, Inc.

Brain of Blood (1972) is copyrighted.

Two Nights with Cleopatra (1953) had its copyright renewed.

Type of Work: Motion Picture
Registration Number / Date: RE0000591824 / 1991-12-31
Renewal registration for: PA0000569821 / 1963-05-12
Title: Two nights with Cleopatra; a motion picture. Re-editing, translation, dubbing: Titra Sound Productions.
Copyright Claimant: Mondo Movies (PWH)

Variant title: Two nights with Cleopatra
Names: Titra Sound Productions
Mondo Movies

I couldn't find anything for La risaia (1956).

The Tiger's Claw (1951) had its copyright GATT restored.

Type of Work: Motion Picture
Registration Number / Date: PA0001049948 / 2001-04-16
Application Title: Der Tiger Akbar.
Title: The tiger’s claw.
Description: Videocassette ; 1/2 in.
Copyright Claimant: Independent-International Pictures Corporation
Date of Publication: 1950
Authorship on Application: Ariel.
Copyright Note: Reg. under GATT/URAA restoration.

Names: Independent-International Pictures Corporation
Ariel

Torpedo Zone (1954) had its copyright GATT restored.

Type of Work: Motion Picture
Registration Number / Date: PA0000903170 / 1998-05-14
Application Title: La grande speranza.
Title: Submarine attack / an Excelsa production ; produced and directed by Duilio Coletti.
Description: Videocassette ; 1/2 in.
Copyright Claimant: Independent-International Pictures Corporation
Date of Publication: 1954
Authorship on Application: Excelsa Film.
Copyright Note: Reg. under GATT/URAA restoration

Names: Coletti, Duilio
Independent-International Pictures Corporation
Excelsa Film

The Raiders of Leyte Gulf (1963) had its copyright renewed.

Type of Work: Motion Picture
Registration Number / Date: RE0000560008 / 1991-12-24
Renewal registration for: PA0000546977 / 1963-02-10
Title: The Raiders of Leyte Gulf.
Copyright Claimant: Hemisphere Pictures, Inc. (PWH)

Names: Hemisphere Pictures, Inc.

I couldn't find anything for Fatal Desire (Cavalleria rusticana) (1953).

Smiling Maniacs (1975) had its copyright GATT restored.

Type of Work: Motion Picture
Registration Number / Date: PA0001151198 / 2003-05-12
Application Title: Corruzione a palazzo di giustiza; Bribery at high level.
Title: The smiling maniacs / a Filmes, SPA production ; a film by Marcello Aliprandi.
Description: Videocassette ; 1/2 in.
Language: English dubbing.
Copyright Claimant: Independent-International Pictures Corporation
Date of Publication: 1975
Authorship on Application: Una Produzione Filmes, SPA.
Copyright Note: Reg. under GATT/URAA restoration

Other Title: Corruzione a palazzo di giustiza
Bribery at high level
Names: Aliprandi, Marcello
Filmes, SPA
Independent-International Pictures Corporation
Una Produzione Filmes, SPA

The Dead One (1961) looks to be PD if isn't from the 2002 release, which had new matter added. I couldn't find a renewal for the original.

Motion Picture
Registration Number / Date: PAu002671072 / 2002-08-16
Application Title: Blood of the zombie.
Title: The dead one.
Description: 2 videocassettes ; 3/4 in.
Copyright Claimant: Independent-International Pictures Corporation
Date of Creation: 2002
Previous Registration: Edited version prev. reg. 1961, LP22381.
Basis of Claim: New Matter: editing of picture & sound.

Names: Independent-International Pictures Corporation

Blood of Ghastly Horror (1972) is copyrighted.

Angels' Wild Women (1972) is copyrighted.

Team-Mates (1978) is copyrighted.

The Ravagers (1965) had its copyright renewed.

Type of Work: Motion Picture
Registration Number / Date: RE0000673784 / 1993-12-22
Renewal registration for: PA0000708577 / 1965-01-10
Title: The ravagers; theatrical motion picture.
Copyright Claimant: Hemisphere Pictures, Inc. (PWH)
Copyright Note: C.O. correspondence.

Variant title: The ravagers
Names: Hemisphere Pictures, Inc.

Terror of Frankenstein (1977) had its copyright GATT restored.

Type of Work: Motion Picture
Registration Number / Date: PA0000903167 / 1998-05-14
Application Title: Victor Frankenstein.
Title: Terror of Frankenstein / an Aspekt Film production ; produced & directed by Calvin Floyd.
Description: Videocassette ; 1/2 in.
Copyright Claimant: Independent-International Pictures Corporation
Date of Publication: 1976
Authorship on Application: Aspekt Film, AB.
Copyright Note: Reg. under GATT/URAA restoration

Names: Floyd, Calvin
Independent-International Pictures Corporation
Aspekt Film, AB

The Scavengers (1959) had its copyright renewed.

Type of Work: Motion Picture
Registration Number / Date: RE0000365650 / 1987-09-10
Renewal registration for: PA0000354776 / 1959-11-08
Title: The Scavengers.
Series: The Rebel
Copyright Claimant: the Rebel Company (PWH)

Names: Rebel Company

I couldn't find a anything for The Swap and How They Make It (1966). Looks PD. Edit Under copyright (see below).

I couldn't find anything for Man-Eater (1957). Looks PD since it was made in the UK, and was protected for 50 years, until the end of 2007.

The Treasure of the Amazon (1985) is copyrighted.

Motion Picture
Registration Number / Date: PA0000255285 / 1985-05-16
Title: Treasure of the Amazon / produced in association with Televicine, S.A. (Mexico) ; produced and directed by Rene Cardona, Jr.
Imprint: New York : Star World Productions, c1984.
Description: 1 videocassette (VHS) (106 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
Cast: Stuart Whitman, Donald Pleasence, Bradford Dillman et al.
Credits: Screenplay by Rene Cardona, Jr., and Jacques Wilson; music by Mort Garson.
Copyright Claimant: Star World Productions, Inc.
Date of Creation: 1984
Date of Publication: 1984-06-01
Authorship on Application: Star World Productions, Inc., employer for hire.
Previous Registration: Nation of first publication stated on appl.: South Africa.
Copyright Note: C.O. correspondence.

Names: Cardona, Rene, Jr.
Televicine, S.A.
Star World Productions, Inc.

The Wizard of Gore (1970) is copyrighted.

I found these registrations for In Search of Dracula (Vem var Dracula?) (1975), which had new matter added.

Type of Work: Motion Picture
Registration Number / Date: PA0000473116 / 1990-04-27
Title: In search of Dracula / produced and directed by Calvin Floyd.
Description: 2 videocassettes.
Copyright Claimant: Aspekt Film, A.B.
Date of Creation: 1974
Date of Publication: 1974-02-04
Authorship on Application: writing & direction of new material, editing of old material: Aspekt Film, A.B., employer for hire.
Previous Registration: Includes footage from various preexisting movies.
Basis of Claim: New Matter: new footage.
Copyright Note: C.O. correspondence.

Names: Floyd, Calvin
Aspekt Film, A.B.

Type of Work: Motion Picture
Registration Number / Date: PA0000228682 / 1984-06-19
Title: In search of : [no. 712], In search of Dracula / written and produced by Jeremy Brink ; directed by H. G. Stark.
Imprint: LosAngeles : A. Landsburg Productions, 1977, c1976.
Description: 1 videocassette (30 min.) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.
Credits: Editor: Thea Bentler: photography by Peter Fera.
Copyright Claimant: Alan Landsburg Productions, Inc.
Date of Creation: 1976
Date of Publication: 1977-06-08
Date in Notice: notice: 1976
Authorship on Application: Alan Landsburg Productions, Inc., employer for hire.
Previous Registration: Preexisting material: music & some film footage.
Basis of Claim: New Matter: dramatization & all other cinematographic material.
Copyright Note: C.O. correspondence.

Variant title: In search of : [no. 712]
Other Title: In search of Dracula
Names: Brink, Jeremy
Stark, H. G.
Alan Landsburg Productions, Inc.

Intramuros (1964) has this late registration. This one looks complicated, since it was made in the US and The Philippines.

Type of Work: Motion Picture
Registration Number / Date: PA0000645708 / 1992-12-29
Application Title: Intramuros.
Title: The walls of Hell / directed by Gerardo DeLeon and Eddie Romero.
Description: 2 videocassettes ; 3/4 in.
Copyright Claimant: Hemisphere Pictures, Inc. & Filipinas Productions, Inc. (employer for hire)
Date of Creation: 1964
Date of Publication: 1964-06-12
Copyright Note: C.O. correspondence.

Names: DeLeon, Gerardo
Romero, Eddie
Hemisphere Pictures, Inc.
Filipinas Productions, Inc.

Queen of Sheba (1959) had its copyright renewed.

Type of Work: Motion Picture
Registration Number / Date: RE0000354589 / 1987-11-18
Renewal registration for: LP0000014945 / 1959-10-27
Title: Solomon and Sheba. By Theme Pictures, S.A.
Copyright Claimant: M G M/U A Communications Company (formerly known as United Artists Corporation) (PWH)

Variant title: Solomon and Sheba
Names: Theme Pictures, S.A.
MGM/UA Communications Company
United Artists Corporation.

Mean Mother (1974) is copyrighted.

*takes cover*

This post was modified by billbarstad on 2010-08-29 23:30:15

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Poster: Moongleam Date: Aug 29, 2010 1:57pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Are any of these in the public domain ??

You've been busy.

"I couldn't find a anything for The Swap and How They Make It (1966). Looks PD."

It's my understanding that films released after 1963 don't need to be renewed. Wouldn't the PD status of this film depend on whether it includes a valid notice?


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Poster: billbarstad Date: Aug 29, 2010 2:07pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Are any of these in the public domain ??

I thought they just didn't need to be registered. I think you're right, though. Tired, fuzzy brain. A valid notice is key.

This post was modified by billbarstad on 2010-08-29 21:07:26

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Poster: Mystic550 Date: Aug 29, 2010 4:32pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Are any of these in the public domain ??

I checked the two films before 1950

Sing, Sinner, Sing (1933)
I checked the Cumulative Catalog for 1912-1939 and I didn't find any registration. I also checked for renewals but couldn't check Aug-Dec 1961 because it isn't online. But any renewal would be invalid because they never registered it originally. I also checked "Clip Joint (original script title)" and found nothing.


The Fighting Rats of Tobruk (1944)

I didn't find any registrations or renewals for the U.S.
I did find a Gatt NIE under the original title "The Rats of Tobruk (original title)". However, this seems funny. It lists the owner as a U.S. company. How can a U.S. company file for GATT restoration of a foreign film?

From the GATT circular 38b available online from the Copyright office"

"Owners of works whose source countries
were members of the Berne Convention or the WTO
as of January 1, 1996, and who wanted to file NIEs with the
Copyight Office had to do so between January 1, 1996, and
December 31, 1997."

These are the two listings that I found:

Type of Work: Recorded Document
Document Number: V8005P138
Date of Recordation: 1997-12-18
Entire Copyright Document: V8005P138 (Single page document)
Title: The rats of Tobruk / Additional title: Fighting rats of Tobruk.
Notes: Motion picture. Filed for all rights.
Notice of intent to enforce a copyright restored under the Uruguay Round Agreements Act.
Owner: Independent-International Pictures Corporation. 400 Perrine Road; Old Bridge, New Jersey 08857. PHONE: 732-727-8500. FAX: 732-727-8881.
Author: Chamun Productions.
Date of Publication: 1998-01-30

Variant title: Fighting rats of Tobruk.
Names: Independent-International Pictures Corporation.
Chamun Productions.



Another registration was filed a year later for the VHS tape


Type of Work: Motion Picture
Registration Number / Date: PA0000903166 / 1998-05-14
Application Title: The rats of Tobruk.
Title: The fighting rats of Tobruk : The man who stopped Rommel / produced & directed by Charles Chauvel.
Description: Videocassette ; 1/2 in.
Copyright Claimant: Independent-International Pictures Corporation
Date of Publication: 1944
Authorship on Application: Chamun Productions.
Copyright Note: Reg. under GATT/URAA restoration

Other Title: The man who stopped Rommel
The rats of Tobruk
Names: Chauvel, Charles
Independent-International Pictures Corporation
Chamun Productions

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Poster: k-otic Date: Aug 30, 2010 3:30am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Are any of these in the public domain ??

About The Swap and How They Make It (1966)

I think thats an valid copyright notice ?!?

Attachment: The_Swap.jpg

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Poster: billbarstad Date: Aug 30, 2010 5:38am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Are any of these in the public domain ??

Yes it is.

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Poster: k-otic Date: Aug 30, 2010 2:16am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Are any of these in the public domain ??

Thanks for your research

As far as I understand the business model of Independent-International Pictures Corporation
They take out of copyright work .. change/add something on the content and claim the copyright on the title ?!
I might be wrong on that ...

Sing, Sinner, Sing (1933) seems to be in the public domain
at least filmchest.com says so....
http://www.filmchest.com/film-chest/search-public-domain-films/filmlibrary/romance/Sing-Sinner-Sing

This post was modified by k-otic on 2010-08-30 09:16:12